Winnebago Gerald Luverne Engelby, age 89, of Winnebago, died Tuesday, May 20, 2014, at St. Luke's Lutheran Care Center in Blue Earth.
Memorial Services were held on?May 31, 2014, at First United Methodist Church in Winnebago. The Rev. Durene Cornell and Rev. Don Bird officiated. Burial was in Rosehill Cemetery in Winnebago. Spencer-Owen Funeral Home in Winnebago was in charge of arrangements.
Gerald was born in Bode, Iowa, on April 22, 1925, the son of Orvin and Ohma (Johnson) Engelby. He moved, with his family, to Frost, in 1927, where he attended school. Gerald enlisted in the Marine Corps during WWII where he served in the Pacific Campaign and became an excellent marksman, earning several medals for his marksmanship, before his discharge in October 1946. He was married to Mary Morgan on June 20, 1948. The couple moved to Winnebago in 1959 where Gerald pursued the passion of his life, farming. He continued to farm the same farm until he was 85 years old. Gerald was also a longtime member of the United Methodist Church in Winnebago and was a director on the Winnebago Farmers Elevator Board for many years and was chairman for three years. He served on the Faribault County ASCS Committee and was a lifelong member of the VFW and American Legion. Gerald enjoyed fishing, hunting, snowmobiling but his main hobby was farming.
He is survived by his wife, Mary, of 65 years; son, Gary (Linda) Engelby; grandchildren, Jason (Melissa), and Britny; great-grandchildren, Drake, Talin and Jake Ryan; two brothers, Paul and Gene; and a sister, Ruth. Also surviving are many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers; and two sisters.
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